Academy Jeopardy


An American football pioneer, he was one of football's first African-American players and the first African American football coach.

Answer: Who is Fritz Pollard?

Question: Willie O'Ree was considered to be the Jackie Robinson of this sport. 
Willie O'Ree was considered to be the Jackie Robinson of this sport.

Answer: What is hockey?

Question: Oliver Lewis was the first African American jockey to win at this sporting event.

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Answer: What is the Kentucky Derby?


Even though Jackie Robinson is known as the first official black baseball player, this 19th century African American was the actual first black baseball player.
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Answer: Who is Moses Fleetwood Walker?

Question: Maurice Ashley was the first African American Grandmaster in this game.

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Answer: What is chess?

Drama, Film, and Visual Arts

Question: This African-American artist rose to fame for her use of large paper silhouettes to explore social issues surrounding gender, race and black history.

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Answer: Who is Kara Walker?

An American film director, producer, writer, and actor, he creates provocative films that explore race relations, political issues, and urban crime and violence.

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Answer: Who is Spike Lee?

Question: E. Simms Campbell became a prolific illustrator for this magazine in 1933, remaining with the publication for decades and also helming his own syndicated feature Cuties.

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Answer: What is Esquire?

Question: Augusta Savage was a civil rights activist, educator, and this type of visual artist during the Harlem Renaissance era.
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Answer: What is a sculptor?

Question: He is known for movies such as 'Driving Miss Daisy,' 'Glory,' 'The Shawshank Redemption,' and 'The Dark Knight Trilogy' and for the TV Show, "Through the Wormhole".

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Answer: Who is Morgan Freeman?

Philadelphia Historical Places and Figures

This group, which believed in “back to nature” as a cure for societal ills, was founded in Philadelphia in 1972 by Vincent Leapheart.

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Answer: What is MOVE?

Question: This news clipping is from this oldest daily newspaper serving the African-American community.
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Answer: What is the Philadelphia Tribune?

Question: He was the subject of Philadelphia’s first statue representing African American history on public property.

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Answer: Who is Octavius Catto?

Question: She became the first female and the first African American superintendent of the School District of Philadelphia.

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Answer: Who is Connie Clayton?

She was the first African American high school teacher in the School District of Philadelphia, the first African American high school principal in Philadelphia, the first African American public school superintendent, and the first female president of Philadelphia's Board of Education.

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Answer: Who is Dr. Ruth Wright Hayre?

Women's History

Question: Hattie McDaniel became the first African American to win an Academy Award for her role as “Mammy” in this 1939 film.

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Answer: What is Gone with the Wind?

She is a Chinese-American novelist, who wrote the New York Times bestselling novel, "The Joy Luck Club". 

Amy Tan

Answer: Who is Amy Tan?

She is a Grammy Award-winning rapper, record producer, and actress, known for her roles in the big screen adaptation of "Chicago" and the HBO film, "Bessie".

Queen Latifah

Answer: Who is Queen Latifah

This comedian, actress and TV talk show host has her own TV talk show and game show host, is a prominent LGBT role model.

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Answer: Who is Ellen Degeneres?

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She is a Cuban-American superstar, who fronted the band, the Miami Sound Machine, with songs like "Conga" and "Rhythm is Gonna Get You".

Gloria Estefan

Answer: Who is Gloria Estefan?


Question: She became the first African American CEO of a Fortune 500 company.

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Answer: Who is Ursula Burns?

Question: Andrew Jackson Beard rose from slavery to become an inventor of the automatic coupling system for these saved countless railroad workers from mutilation and death.

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Answer: What are railroad cars?

Question: Aprille Ericsson is a senior deputy instrument manager for this government agency's Ice, Cloud and Land Elevation Satellite program, where she works on mapping instruments for future lunar explorations.

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Answer: What is NASA?

Question: This African-American Engineer was considered the authority on heat transfer, ventilation and air conditioning.
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Answer: Who is David Nelson Crosthwalt Jr.?

Question: He served as the first African-American Director of the National Science Foundation (NSF).

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Answer: Who is John Brooks-Slaughter?